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Mike Beres and Greg Johnson, members of the Naval Undersea Warfare Center Division Newport™s Atlantic Underwater Test and Evaluation Center (AUTEC) Fire and Emergency Services Water Rescue Team cut rope from an endangered green sea turtle on July 13. The turtle was found in AUTEC™s harbor on Andros Island in the Bahamas.

Ensnared, Endangered Green Sea Turtle Rescued

Best known for housing the third largest barrier reef in the world, Andros Island in the Bahamas boasts a diverse marine population amid pristine waters. It’s perhaps less well known to serve as home to NUWC Division Newport’s Atlantic Undersea Test and Evaluation Center (AUTEC).On July 13, these two worlds collided when a large endangered green sea turtle was found ensnared by fishing lines and nets in AUTEC’s harbor.Mike Beres, a member of the AUTEC Fire and Emergency Services Water Rescue Team, spotted the entangled turtle and noticed that it was struggling to surface for air

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OceanGate to Build Two New Submersibles

demand for manned submersibles.While the two new submersibles are in production, OceanGate dive operations will continue throughout 2020 utilizing its three existing 5-crewmember submersibles, Titan, Cyclops 1 and Antipodes.The company said it is currently accepting applications for expeditions for the Bahamas 2020 whale, shark and wreck missions with the University of The Bahamas and the Hudson Canyon Expedition off of the coast of New York City

Hurricane Dorian races toward Florida

Hurricane Dorian is moving quickly through the Caribbean and heavy rains are expected in the Bahamas, Florida and the southeastof the US. this weekend, the National Weather Service has said. The National Hurricane Center said that Dorian’s winds currently have speeds of about 80 miles per hour and that the storm is moving northwest at 13 miles per hour and that the Category 1 hurricane could grow in strength to a major Category 3 storm before it potentially reaches Florida.Dorian is still moving away from Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands and hurricane warnings and watches for those areas have

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Mexican Wave Energy Project Moving Forward

capital.The Manzanillo project, which expects to receive final permits in the coming weeks, will cost around $15 million. A chunk of the financing will come from the Israeli company but much of it will be raised by the Mexican venture partner.Delarue, who is also working on a wave energy project in the Bahamas, said construction should start this year once financing and permits fall into place, though admitted that, in some cases, “Mexican investors... are not used to investing in start-up projects.”Aside from Mexico, Braverman said her company was waiting to start work on a 5-megawatt wave

The William B Morgan Large Cavitation Channel (LCC) is a large variable-pressure closed-loop water tunnel that has been operated by the U.S. Navy in Memphis since 1991. This facility is well designed for a wide variety of hydrodynamic and hydroacoustic tests. Its overall size and capabilities allow test-model Reynolds numbers to approach, or even achieve, those of full-scale air- or water-borne transportation systems. (Photo: U.S. Navy)

Navy Tests Scale Models in Big Facilities

evaluations in turns and captive model stability and control experiments. The center also has access to a reservoir in Maryland where scaled models of both ships and submarines are tested.But some of Carderock’s most impressive capabilities reside far away, at facilities from the Alaska to the Bahamas, and from Tennessee to Idaho.Carderock’s Combat Craft division in Little Creek, Va., manages a number of small craft projects to include design, construction, acquisition and sustainment.The South Tongue of the Ocean Acoustic Measurement Facility (STAFAC) in the Bahamas and the Southeast Alaska

Phoenix International Holdings Celebrates 20 Years

9001-2008 Management System certified company with headquarters in Largo, Md., Phoenix operates out of seven regional office facilities on the East, Gulf and West Coasts of the U.S. catering to both military and commercial clients. The company also has prepositioned diving equipment packages in Freeport Bahamas, Bahrain and Japan for international support, as well as a joint venture for its atmospheric diving system in Australia.   Mike Kutzleb, Phoenix CEO, said, “Watching the company flourish and prosper has been an incredible journey filled with remarkable opportunities and challenges.

Cyclops 1 and Ms. Lars under tow (Photo: OceanGate Expeditions)

Manned Submersible Divers to Study Sharks in the Bahamas

 A yearlong expedition in the Bahamas has been planned to assess sharks and sea life hidden in the deep ocean.   Beginning in October 2017, an exploration team aboard a manned submersible will aim to uncover new details on deep sea sharks and the variety of species that inhabit the waters off the Great Bahama Bank continental shelf.    OceanGate Expeditions – a team undersea explorers, scientists, and filmmakers who use manned submersibles – together with researchers from the Cape Eleuthera Institute (CEI) will conduct multiple weeks of diving each season over a

WHOI scientists used deep-sea vehicles, including Sentry to locate the voyage data recorder (above) from the El Faro on the seafloor 15,000 feet deep. The VDR offers clues to understand why the ship tragically sank in 2015, killing 33 crew members aboard. (Photo: NTSB)

Why Did the El Faro Sink?

Deep-sea vehicles locate data recorder on the seafloor   On October 1, 2015, the 790-foot cargo ship El Faro sank near the Bahamas during Hurricane Joaquin. All 33 crew members died in the tragedy. The ship was equipped with a voyage data recorder, or VDR, that could reveal clues to understand what happened, but it was lost in the depths.   The VDR was mounted on the mast on the ship’s navigation bridge. A search expedition mounted in October located the wreck and discovered that the bridge had separated from the hull. Days later, when the search team located the bridge, the mast

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Phoenix Assists in Recovering El Faro’s VDR

the VDR from a water depth of 15,000 feet. Following the recovery, the VDR was transferred to National Transportation and Safety Board (NTSB) investigators onboard USNS Apache.   El Faro went missing on October 1, 2015 while operating in the midst of Hurricane Joaquin near Crooked Island in the Bahamas. In late October 2015, Phoenix, under the direction of SUPSALV, located the sunken ship using the U.S. Navy’s deepwater side scan sonar search system Orion. The Phoenix team then launched CURV-21 to verify and visually inspect the wreckage

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